ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Minutes for Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. at the
CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Chairman Dan Hrna called the meeting to order at 7:06 P.M.
Roll Call of council followed (See attached.)
SPOT LIGHT ON BUSINESS: (Report is on file with March records.)
Helping the Alief community, economy, and development:
CenterPoint Energy, represented by S.J. Doehring III, Service Area Manager
(Street Light outages may be reported by pole number or by address)
1. Mary Helen Horn: to accept the minutes as presented. Seconded: Ray Gibb. Council voted. Motion Passed.
2. Ruth Flavelle: In the proposed brochure, under History (1905) the word “destroyed” be changed to “razed”.
Seconded: Karen North. Council voted. Motion Passed.
3. Ruth Flavelle: to approve the brochure as amended. Seconded: Ray Moon. Council voted. Motion Passed
4. Ray Gibb: to approve the solicitation letter with the ACA. Seconded: Marie Lee. Council voted. Motion Passed.
Mr. Worley, Program Manager for Houston Transtar: Traffic Signal Timing Optimization for Alief. He reported areas of
high employment or high population have been scheduled first. Signal Timing for the down town corridor and Bellaire
Blvd. have been completed and Bissonnet should be done by April 1st. Rather than the outdated vehicle “trip” method,
intersections are now being installed with vehicle detection videos. They “sense” a vehicle in the intersection or waiting
to make a left turn. Traffic moves much more efficiently. Each intersection costs approximately $2,000.
Al Green, Candidate for U. S. Congress, District 9- stated he is interested in becoming more familiar with the Alief area
and Super Neighborhood concerns.
CHAIR’S REPORT – Chairman Dan Hrna reported that the proposed U.S. Interstate 69 will be the Trans Texas Corridor
and will be the current TX State Highway 59 from Mexico to northeast TX. Meeting about it is on April12, in Humble TX
at the Humble Civic Center.
TAX EXEMPT STATUS – Dan Hrna reported that S.A.V.E. ALIEF money will pay the application fee to the state.
PARKS COMMITTEE – Michael Manning reported we have a new park committee member, Mike Rippert. The Ground
Breaking and Cleanup for Alief Community Park is scheduled April 17. We are very pleased that the Jetty Lane lot, on
the west side of the park, is being cleaned up by the new owner. Barbara Quattro is heading up the Hike & Bike Trails
sub-committee. BSA Troop 1110 is adopting the wooded area in the park and after the initial clean up and the poison ivy
is eliminated (the city is treating it with herbicides) they will keep it trimmed back and clear.
KEEP HOUSTON BEAUTIFUL – Ruth Flavelle reported that on April 3rd from 9-3 P.M. the esplanades tips on
Bissonnet will be painted. Pastor Dave Wilson, from the Alief Church of the Nazarene Youth Group, is leading the effort.
Other volunteers are joining them. Burger King will donate lunch. KHB is supporting the job with water, snacks, T-Shirts,
trash bags and other supplies.
Karen North invited everyone to an informal meeting at Don Bravos Restaurant (on Bissonnet @ Cook) on March 31 at
6:30 P.M. to plan the ACP cleanup and to discuss the ACA organization. It will meet the 5th Wednesday of the month,
about 3-4 times a year.
CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT – Donald Perkins stated that Mr. Litke applauds the Alief SN. He distributed the
planning department news letter, which recognized the Dec. 13th Alief Improvement Day. The city is still trying to obtain
current contact methods for local subdivisions and civic organizations. Tuesday, May 11 from 11-1 P.M is a Management
Improvement Association event entitled, “How to Start a Nonprofit Organization.” It will be held at the United Way
Building, 22 No Loop West @ East TC Jester. Information is on the website: UWTGC.ORG
ALIEF CEMETERY RESTORATION – The committee is still trying to get the Metro bench and bus stop moved to a
different corner. The fence must be treated for rust.
WILCREST BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT – Barbara Quattro discussed her vision for Alief to look like the Woodlands.
Starting this fall beginning at the intersection of Wilcrest & Westpark we will plant numerous seedling trees on the
esplanades and establish a “NO MOW” area. They will look bad for a couple of years, but when the trees take hold and
begin to grow it will be beautiful!
BROCHURE – The committee (Barbara Quattro, Marie Lee, Vivien Sugar, Alan Rees, Anne & Henry Williams)
presented the final draft. Discussion concerning the History for the year 1905 followed. Wording regarding the fate of
the Cotton Gin/Red Barn Picture Framing business was decided upon.
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL: – Kimberly Washington & Nicole Sanders explained the proposed October 2004 event.
They invited members to visit The Village Project, a nonprofit organization (Articles of Incorporation are filed with the
state). It is located in the Catalina Apts., 11455 Bissonnet #407, Ph 713-593-0563. There are activities for teens (opened
7:30-11:30 weekend evenings), youth and seniors. Programs include: Parenting classes; “Bridge Program (teens help
Srs.); Summer Programs; food & clothes pantry (opens 5/29). It was suggested they meet with the Social Services
Provider Rep.: Ana Garza-Iberra, and with the Cultural Diversity Rep.: Hubert Vo. We will hear more next month.
SOLICITATION LETTER WITH ACA – Marie Lee, Karen North, & Barbara Quattro presented a joint ACA & ASNC
letter for council approval. It will be mailed to local businesses asking for their help in maintaining their areas and for
donations toward improvements and parks in Alief. The goal is $50,000!
DIST. F CITY COUNCILMAN, M.J. KHAN was welcomed. New Chief of Police, Harold Hurtt was approved today. (A
community meeting with him will be held at the Westside Command Center on Tues, Mar. 30 @ 6 PM). May 3: A Town
Hall meeting on the City Pension Plan will be at 5:30 at the Sharpstown Recreation Center. Due to budget constraints,
High Star from Kirkwood to Dairy Ashford will be widen before the Kirkwood Road part 2 Project (Bellaire to Alief
Clodine) will be started. 311 is now reporting back to citizens. Accidents or stalls on Highways will now be towed off.
Mayor White is starting a Flood Control Management Committee (We have requested that the ASN be represented on that
committee by Dave Williams)
UPCOMING SPEAKERS – APR.: John Bales, City of Houston, Homeland Security. Spotlight: Life Flight;
MAY: Hon, Talmadge Heflin, TX St Rep: District 149. JUNE: JULY: Mr. Robert Page, Houston BluePrint Project
Karen Loper mentioned the problem of beggars, not only on corners, but coming up to cars asking for handouts.
Karen North suggested watching the paper for information about opportunities to meet school board candidates.
A resident requested information about ASN, its mission, projects and boundaries.
Ray Moon distributed information about the ASK A NURSE program.
Since was almost 9:30 PM the meeting was adjourned.
The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at the CenterPoint Energy
Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Minutes approved on _____________________
Henry Williams, Secretary